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Fatmans Loop Trail #25Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2018
azbackpackr
Hiking3.80 Miles 1,164 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   1.41 mph
1,164 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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This was a Fatman's Plus. I hiked counterclockwise, then turned onto the Elden Lookout Trail, went up that for a bit, then back down and completed the Fatman's Loop. Nice day. Quite a few folks out hiking on a warm Friday. I'm moving back to Flagstaff for the warm season, and this was my first hurrah during the move. Normally I wouldn't say much about a Fatman's Loop hike, but this is special because I have been looking forward to spending another summer in Flagstaff (instead of Williams, where I spent three summers.)

You'll see a picture of a small rock on a boulder. That has been there for a couple of years. I put it there. It's on the 8000 foot contour. I used to have another rock in the same spot, starting in 2011, which stayed there for 3 or 4 years before disappearing. Second time around I picked a flatter, less noticeable rock. It's kind of fun to go visit my marker rock. I am not a fan of rock-piling by any means. I often kick down the ones that are decorative or not necessary for route-finding, in fact. But this one is barely visible, and looks like it belongs there.

I put the first rock there in 2011 when training for Grand Canyon's Pt. Huitzil Route and Escalante Route, both of which I backpacked that fall. I was busy that summer, and didn't have much time to hike, but that was a quick 1100 feet which I did often.

I started the hike walking extremely slowly. The altitude seemed to affect me much more than usual. But eventually I got my second wind and felt better. Also, I was very tired in the evening. Again, altitude. I guess age is a factor. I lived for years at this altitude, but have been living at close to sea level now for about 18 months.

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